Skin moles are small growths that externally grow on the skin. There are two types of skin moles, the common mole and the dysplastic mole. Common moles are usually pink, tan, or brown in color and are raised up off of the surface of the skin. Dysplastic moles are large flat growths that are not distinct and separate from the surface. Dysplastic moles may be a mix of pink, tan and brown shades.
Unfortunately we can do nothing as far as our genetics; therefore it’s impossible to prevent all moles. Taking the following steps will greatly decrease those chances of developing a mole and, furthermore, your risk of melanoma.
- Stay inside during points of the day where the sun is at its highest. Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays is the number one cause of skin damage.
- Seek shade. If you are outside during the peak daylight hours, find your skin the refuge of shade as much as possible.
- Always protect your skin with sunscreen. Many people believe you only need sunscreen during the summer. However, UV rays, even at cloudy and dim times, can be dangerous to the skin. Make sure to use your sunscreen all year around. Furthermore, ensure that you are using the proper sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying protection with an SPF of at least 30, half an hour before heading outside, and then every 2 hours after.
- Bring the cover ups. If you’re going to be out in the hot sun make sure you go prepared with sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Tanning beds are out. As tempting as it is, avoid the tanning bed at all costs. Artificial tanning equipment radiates UV rays, resulting in a much greater risk for skin damages and cancers.
It is much easier and more effective to prevent a mole than it is to have them removed. Taking careful preventative measures will reduce the development of any you may get, as well as the scars and damages they may leave.